The Book Covers of Victor Palla

While scrolling the depths of book cover treasure trove livingdeadcovers, I noticed the recurrence of designer Victor Palla. In post-war Portugal, Palla founded a series of publishing houses that published both imported translations and political titles. Most of his design work is limited to this period and the production methods available in mid-century Europe, but his architectural training and spatial sensibilities are evident in the various disciplines he explored before his death in 2006.

If you’re interested in more, this catalogue from the 2008 auction of his estate shows the range of his interests and aesthetic language across a lifetime of disciplines: photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, and architecture.

Frances MacLeod

Frances is a Chicago-based designer and letterer who believes sharing snacks will win her friends.